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One of the ways in which STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ – which describes itself as “the global online safety awareness campaign to help all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online” – works towards achieving its aims is by inviting participating partners such as ESET to offer tips and advice in the course of its frequent Twitter chats (#ChatSTC).
On October 20th, the subject of one of these events was Recognizing and Combating Cybercrime (the link leads to the entire chat). These generally take the form of commentary from a wide range of organizations in response to specific questions. A particularly interesting question – well, it interested me – was Question 11:
Q11: What are some examples of cybercrime-fighting careers, and what skills are needed for a cybersecurity job?
Not that I have a secret yearning to launch a new career in careers counseling, but I do actually get asked to give such advice quite a lot, probably because people think someone as old as I am, after 30 years or so in or on the borders of the security business, must have something useful to say. That may be optimistic on their part, given my somewhat random career path, but I’ll come back to that below. In the meantime, here are some articles cited by @ESET in that Twitter chat that address the topic:
That last entry requires a little explanation, since it’s not an ESET link. Earlier in 2016, Matt Ashare contacted me on behalf of OnlineEducation.com, asking several interesting questions relating to working in IT security, to which I responded at some length over the next few weeks. (I hasten to add that I was by no means the only person he interviewed in this way: among others were my friend – and sometime co-author – Robert Slade, and Kelly Jackson Higgins, executive editor at Dark Reading.)
The questions we were asked were as follows:
Those seem to me to be questions that may well interest people contemplating a career path in security, and if nothing else you’ll get a wide range of viewpoints. And if all that seems a little daunting, you could try the comprehensive summary elsewhere on that site that includes quotes from several of us, plus a lengthy list of further resources: Guide to Careers in Cybersecurity, Information Assurance and Digital Forensics
Author David Harley, ESET